I have noticed a few Santa Questions of late as happens at this time of year and I have my own for those who teach or care for kids say under 10ish.
How often do you have say one or 2 children in a group who either doesn't believe in or is taught that Santa isn't real or comes from a family that doesn't have Santa (whether for religious reasons or other)?
Do you find that that as Australia becomes more multi-cultural you are finding it is more often there are only a few in each group who do believe as opposed to a few who don't?
Do you find it hard to plan activities around Christmas catering to the many religions & non believers of non religious Christmas culture (Santa)?
I hope all that makes sense. I am just wondering how my child may be effected at school & such if we don't do the whole Santa thing.
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10-11-2012 13:11 #1
To all the teachers & professional carers of Young kinds (under 10's)
10-11-2012 17:36 #2Senior Member
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I still find a majority of the children believe in Santa.There's always a couple that don't. The ones that don't will often say there's no such thing as Santa or whatever and there's usually a mini debate about it with the children who do believe and I just say let's talk about something else.
I don't think it's a huge deal if you're child doesn't believe in Santa. I think it is important for them to know that other children believe in Santa and that they shouldn't say anything to them though. It doesn't seem to be that big of a deal
10-11-2012 17:51 #3Member
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Re: To all the teachers & professional carers of Young kinds (under 10's)
I find most kids still do Santa there are always a few that don't but we have never had any parent complain about christmas activities. We do every other holiday though and I'm sure not all the children do all of those. I guess if anyone complained we would say that we celebrate all cultures and there holidays and christmas is just one of those like all the others. I guess if you just did christmas and easter then they would have a right to complain. I work in childcare so it may be different for school kids
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10-11-2012 17:53 #4
I'll let you know. We are currently planning Christmas stuff for work. I work with school aged children so it should be interesting as we have kindy kids up to year 6 kids who 'know better'.
When I worked in childcare it was many many many years ago, so back then it was all Santa and reindeer and the kids who have religious reasons for not celebrating just didnt do the activities. Definitely was not as much culture and (for lack of better words) 'free thinking' as there is now.
10-11-2012 18:29 #5
Hmmmm. I teach 5/6 year olds and generally they all believe. I 'do' christmas as a theme and get the children to make crafts, gifts and cards etc. I teach in govenment to don't go heavily into the christmas story but always reinforce that xmas is not about receiving as many gifts as possible but a time to give and be with family etc. I also mention that different people have different views on christmas, which they generally already know as one or two kids in the class usually do not celebrate xmas for religious reasons. It is hard when a child is in your class may not actually able to engage in any xmas activities. This happened last year but the family were great and worked with me to adapt the program so the student wasn't left out or offended.
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